Monday, June 30, 2014
The presumptive supervisor-elect for the county has something to say about the divide on county council — “the elephant in the room” for many inside Berkeley County’s chambers.
“There might be an elephant in the room for everybody else but it’s not my elephant. I never fed it any peanuts,” Bill Peagler said last week following his win against incumbent Supervisor Dan Davis.
Peagler is the mayor of Moncks Corner and, barring a successful write-in campaign in November, will be sworn into his new position in January.
Leading up to the June 24 runoff, Peagler received the endorsements from those on county council seen as opposing Davis.
When Peagler assumes office, he will still have a divided 4-4 council, but he will have the deciding vote. One side consists of Republicans Jack Schurlknight and newly elected Tommy Newell, and Democrats Caldwell Pinckney and Steve Davis — this is the side that has sided with Dan Davis. The other side includes Republicans Tim Callanan, Ken Gunn, Phillip Farley, and Dennis Fish.
Peagler said that by focusing on Berkeley County and goals, the political divide should lessen.
“The best interest of Berkeley County is our main focus,” Peagler said. “I believe that we all came to serve and we realize that Berkeley County is our main goal, and as long as we’re working to achieve the goal, we can cross any personal differences off … I can reach across any personal issues.”